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The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes Prevalence: An Econometric Analysis of Repeated Cross-Sectional Data

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS ONE, January 2013
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Title
The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes Prevalence: An Econometric Analysis of Repeated Cross-Sectional Data
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PLoS ONE, January 2013
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0057873
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Sanjay Basu, Paula Yoffe, Nancy Hills, Robert H. Lustig, Basu S, Yoffe P, Hills N, Lustig RH, Bridget Wagner

Abstract

While experimental and observational studies suggest that sugar intake is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, independent of its role in obesity, it is unclear whether alterations in sugar intake can account for differences in diabetes prevalence among overall populations. Using econometric models of repeated cross-sectional data on diabetes and nutritional components of food from 175 countries, we found that every 150 kcal/person/day increase in sugar availability (about one can of soda/day) was associated with increased diabetes prevalence by 1.1% (p <0.001) after testing for potential selection biases and controlling for other food types (including fibers, meats, fruits, oils, cereals), total calories, overweight and obesity, period-effects, and several socioeconomic variables such as aging, urbanization and income. No other food types yielded significant individual associations with diabetes prevalence after controlling for obesity and other confounders. The impact of sugar on diabetes was independent of sedentary behavior and alcohol use, and the effect was modified but not confounded by obesity or overweight. Duration and degree of sugar exposure correlated significantly with diabetes prevalence in a dose-dependent manner, while declines in sugar exposure correlated with significant subsequent declines in diabetes rates independently of other socioeconomic, dietary and obesity prevalence changes. Differences in sugar availability statistically explain variations in diabetes prevalence rates at a population level that are not explained by physical activity, overweight or obesity.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 11 4%
United Kingdom 6 2%
Australia 2 <1%
Nigeria 2 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Slovenia 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Other 7 2%
Unknown 277 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 62 20%
Researcher 50 16%
Student > Master 49 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 40 13%
Student > Postgraduate 27 9%
Other 82 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 105 34%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 62 20%
Social Sciences 23 7%
Unspecified 17 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 16 5%
Other 87 28%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 918. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 November 2017.
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#2,428
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#60
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#29
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